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College roundup: Coyle (Malvern Prep) helps Cornell top Penn State; Dirks (Episcopal Academy) leads PSU women

Sunday, 8th March 2020

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/8/20
From Press Release

Billy Coyle (Malvern Prep) had three goals and No. 7 Cornell scored twice in the final 18 seconds to claim a stunning 18-17 win over No. 2 Penn State on Sunday afternoon at the Crown Lacrosse Classic in Charlotte, N.C.

In a tale of two halves that had a wild ending, it was freshman face-off specialist Angelo Petrakis who was the hero for the Big Red, netting the game-winning goal with eight seconds left.

With less than a minute remaining in the game, Cornell found itself trailing by one goal, 17-16. With 18 seconds on the clock, Jeff Teat went one-on-one with his defender and won the battle, scoring the equalizer to tie the game up, 17-17.

The ensuing face-off created a wild ending. Petrakis headed to the face-off circle, and after fighting hard with Penn State’s Jake Glatz, both teams found themselves in a frantic scramble to gain possession of the ball on Penn State’s half of the field. Dom Doria came up with it in what was arguably the biggest ground ball of the game and found an open Petrakis. Petrakis took off running down the field in what was a one-man race, and drilled a shot home, netting the game-winning goal with eight seconds left in the game to give Cornell the victory.

With the win, Cornell knocked off its second-straight ranked opponent and improved to 5-0 on the season for the first time since 2014 when the team won its first nine games.

TJ Malone (Haverford School) had four goals and an assist for the Lions while Grant Ament (Haverford School) dished five assists and Mac O’Keefe and Jack Kelly each had three goals and an assist.

Division III

Neumann 12, Susquehanna 9

The Knights improved to 5-1 as Colin Blake (4 g, 2 a, Springfield-Delco) and Drew Conlon (4 g, 1 a) each scored four times on the day, while Wyatt Belotti tallied twice. Rich Marshall (Perkiomen Valley) recorded a goal and two assists in the win and Kyle Daly registered two assists to go along with a team-high 10 ground balls. Brendan Risley (Ridley) earned the win in goal with seven saves, while Jack Newswanger (St. Elizabeth-DE) won 18-of-23 draws and also picked up 10 ground balls.

Women’s D1

Penn State 14, Vanderbilt 13

The No. 21 Nittany Lions improved to 5-2 as sophomore Lauren Craft scored a career-high four goals and freshman Olivia Dirks (Episcopal Academy) collected seven draw controls, five caused turnovers and five groundballs.

Maria Auth added three goals and an assist, and Sophia Triandafils added three goals and an assist for Penn State. Kristin Roberto collected two goals, while Meghan Murray and Regan Nealon (Garnet Valley) each tallied one. Quinn Nicolai (Moorestown) and Kara Nealon (Garnet Valley) each recorded one assist.

Vanderbilt was paced by Gwyn Devin’s five goals. Karlie Bucci and Gabby Fornia (Lenape) each scored two goals with Fornia adding two assists. Brianne Gross added a goal and two assists, while Emily Mathewson (Garnet Valley), Cassidy Orban and Callie Sundin each recorded one goal. Paige Gunning secured nine saves.

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